STVCC Achieves National Accreditation

St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. All aspects of STVCC’s programs, services, management and administration were evaluated.

“The renewal of our COA accreditation publicly certifies the high quality of service that the agency provides,” STVCC CEO Andrea Seyka said. “It’s a testament to our staff and leadership that we continue to meet nationally recognized standards of service.”

St. Vincent Catholic Charities is one of just four agencies in the Greater Lansing Area accredited by COA. In total, 71 agencies are accredited by COA in Michigan.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. These standards ensure services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. Being accredited by COA demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increase organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

STVCC has been accredited by COA since 2001. This recent renewal extends through March 31, 2021.


About Council on Accreditation
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations – voluntary, public and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small – have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit

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